In This Issue…,
About That 2 meter Petition…,
Ham In A Can,
Mike Is Moving,
When’s The Next Hamfest?
Dates To Remember,
The Doctor Is In,
This Week’s ARRL Letter,
ARRL DX Bulletin,
Amateur Radio Newsline,
Odds and Ends,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles,
Where We Are On The Web _…_._
In This Issue
LOTS of Sound and Fury,
A pictorial Go-Kit build,
A Local Moving Sale,
The Doctor Talks Coax,
ARRL closed yesterday and today,
and LOTS of Good Stuff in Ham Nation.
“Read all about it” below.
“About That 2 meter Petition…”
Yep, there’s a LOT of sound, fury, and posting about this. N5UWY has even posted the link to the ARRL note about this, multiple times and places actually, but few of you have read it. Let me give you the ‘money excerpt’:
The French draft resolution seeks studies of possible new AMS primary allocations in several bands in the range from 144 MHz to 22.2 GHz on a primary basis, “while ensuring the protection of existing services in those bands and, as appropriate, adjacent bands, and not constraining future development of these services.”
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) released a statement this week, in part pointing that as proposed, the French resolution “is not an eviction or re-allocation of amateurs, but nonetheless is unwelcome and presents significant challenges. Unlike some other bands where amateurs do share, aeronautical applications are amongst the most difficult due to the altitudes and long free-space distances involved.”
Any consideration to allocate additional services in a band that’s already allocated on a primary basis to an incumbent service — Amateur Radio, in this case — must begin with a sharing/compatibility study. The IARU has expressed “grave concern” to any proposal that would include 144 – 146 MHz in a WRC agenda item and has pledged to make every effort to fully protect Amateur Radio interests and seek the support of regulators.
You can read it all for yourself here:
Or you could just keep on doing your best “Chicken Little” imitation.
Since we are on the Subject:
While it does have its problems and naysayers, there is NO OTHER ORGANIZATION in the United States that works on behalf of Amateurs in a more coherent way than the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). You really should be a member. http://www.arrl.org/membership
Ham In A Can
Since W5HLG’s “Go-Kit” program we’ve been on a “build kick”. A long-time friend of mine from Arizona, “Chip” Stouffer, N7MCS, sent this to me after last week’s issue of the Newsletter went out. It’s a great, clean build of a “go box”. You might have some of this stuff laying around your shack, but Chip includes his parts list to give you jump start if you don’t.
Note: Click on any image to make it larger!
My Ham in a Can
by Michael “Chip” Stouffer, N7MCS (email@example.com)
Volunteering for events and going to Field Days, I have seen people with a truly portable radio setup. Some would have a small battery in a backpack or small toolbox while others would carry a car battery around for real power. Over the years I have been thinking about getting something portable and thought over several different ideas. Eventually I found myself with an “extra” mobile and decided now was the time to do something. While surfing the inter webs for ideas, I came across Quicksilver Radio’s website (https://www.qsradio.com/index.html) and they had exactly what I wanted. They do quality work and have asked a fair price. However, like most Hams, I am cheap, except for when buying radios. I took a few looks at the pictures and decided I would build my own from scratch, plus it would be fun.
First thing was to acquire the parts needed. Quicksilver Radio sells all the components to build your own, so I ordered a few things from them and a few things from other places. I could have gone to the garage and built all the brackets, but it was heating up here in Phoenix and I was avoiding spending any more time in my garage than absolutely necessary.
– Quad Circle Mounting Plate
– Antenna Mounting bracket
– Battery mounting bracket
– Wago 221 Lever-Nut
– Universal Speaker
– Battery Tender 021-0123 Battery Tender Junior 12V, 0.75A Battery Charger
– Dual 4.2A USB
– Powerpole circular mount
– Volt meter
– 12” PL-259 Coax
– SO-239 90 degree adapter
– SO-239 2” connector
I then grab stuff I had laying around, Powerpoles, silicone tape, drill bits, and drill.
The first thing was to figure out was my layout. This took a day or two to get exactly how I wanted it. Once that was done, I pre-mounted all the brackets. When it came to installing the battery, I found some furniture feet pads I had in the garage and these wedged the battery into place to prevent any movement or damage.
Once I had all the brackets mounted up, I pulled them and started the fun task of wiring. I decided to use the Wago Lever-Nuts for the easy of it, plus they make future modifications super easy. I bought a variety pack, so I could use the right nut for the job. This can be a little confusing for someone that doesn’t know electrical wiring, yes some Hams aren’t electrical engineers or even Extras. I decided I want one of the Powerpole connections to go straight to the battery and the other one to be on the switch.
I am able to unplug the radio from everything and connect it direct to a power supply for shack use. I am also able to disconnect the battery and plug it into the battery tender, which I cut off the SAE connector and put power poles on it, I did the same to the SAE end , so I could use the tender in a pinch on other things (I have 3 other tenders in my garage for motorcycles and other small batteries).
After the wiring was done, I mounted my Yaesu FT-8800R sideways with the face plate mounted to the radio bracket. This way gave me an extra millimeter or two with the lid closed. I connected my data cable and 90 degree adapter and 12” coax antenna to the radio before I installed the battery.
Once it was done I did some testing and to my surprise, everything worked!
The flexibility of this box is what I was looking for. I can screw a mobile antenna directly to it, or put an adapter on and use a handheld antenna. I also can connect it to my shack’s base antenna or a mag mount antenna, allowing me to jump into any vehicle and have a mobile radio. The best thing, it all packs up in the can and makes for easy carrying. It isn’t the lightest, but with great power comes great weight. I recently added a USB light to the kit.
My wife is going to get her venial cutting machine out and decorate this for me, not sure what that will look like, but I am sure it will be distinctive.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: Chip’s wife, Amy, is also known as W7AMY, his Dad, Michael, is W7MCS, and Mom, Judy, is W2JCS. You are more likely to hear the latter two on Amateur Maritime Mobile frequencies from the Sea of Cortez aboard SV Milagro.
Mike Is Moving
And of course, there is a Fire Sale. This has been circulating on Facebook for a few days, but I expect much of it is still available. AF5WE Fire Sale sheet below.
When’s The Next Hamfest?
Glad you asked. Briefly, here’s the list through Ham Holiday. ALL the details can be found at the link “Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles of Norman” at the bottom of the Newsletter.
Ham Holiday 2019
Start Date: 07/26/2019
End Date: 07/27/2019
Location: Oklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Dates to Remember
Amateur Radio License Testing:
Firestation 7, July 11
Tuesday Night Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
Oklahoma Ham Holiday: July 26-27. See “Hamfests” above
The Doctor Is In
…This column alternates with “So Now What?“…
Listen to it here-> ARRL Doctor
This episode is titled
“Selecting Coaxial Cable“
“There are many types of cable for many applications.
Which type do you need?”
“ARRL Doctor” Homepage here:
“No ARRL Letter this week. ARRL HQ is closed July 4 and 5.”
the “Current ARRL Letter” is always available in full at the link below.
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
[*IF* there is a new DX Bulletin this week, you can find it by clicking that link below...]
Latest version always at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– UNPRECEDENTED 2-WAY QSO WITH TRANSPONDER IN LUNAR ORBIT
– LIGHTSAIL2 TALKS TO MISSION CONTROL IN CALIF.
– SABLE ISLAND DXPEDITION MAKING PROGRESS
– SILENT KEY: FORMER IARU REGIONAL DIRECTOR SANGAT SINGH 9M2SS
– SILENT KEY: RTTY CONTESTER, REFLEcTOR MODERATOR BILL TURNER W6WRT
– MARS MEMBERS UPBEAT OVER RECENT NATIONAL EMERGENCY DRILL
– AUSTRALIAN AUTHORITIES SEEK COMMENT ON AMATEUR RADIO ISSUES
– NEW COORDINATOR TAKES ON LEADERSHIP FOR DIRECTION-FINDING COMPETITION
– IARU REGION 2 INTRODUCES YOUTH ON THE AIR
– WORLD OF DX
– WORKING ALL BRITAIN, HELPING ALL WHO NEED IT
MORE TOWER SAFETY
Studying Tropospheric Ducting with Gordo,
important safety slides with Tim Duffy,
Amateur Radio Newsline with Don,
hot off the total solar eclipse with Dr Tamitha Skov, Walmart Parking Lots on the Air,
Tales from the Transmitter with George,
and a lovely Ham Radio Field Day 2019 video!
Happy Independence Day!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Odds and Ends
- All those links
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles
Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250-mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.
Where We Are On The Web
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